Nairobi City Stars and Gor Mahia have all to play for when the two sides face off in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday 4 October – Gor Mahia have title ambitions while for City Stars, survival in the top flight ranks top on their wish list.
Nairobi City Stars, the home team in the game has failed to win any of their last eight matches. In fact their last win came early in July, a 1 – 0 victory over Chemelil Sugar when Tim Bryett was still at the helm and they will be taking on league leaders Gor Mahia whoi have also not had the best of outings in their recent outings.
Gor Mahia has won just one of their last five matches, drawing the remaining four but heading to the game they will definitely be pushed by the knowledge that a slip up could mean they are overtaken by Sofapaka who play a day later in Awendo against Sony Sugar.
Going to the game, odds are heavily stacked against Nairobi City Stars as Gor Mahia come our as the clear favorites. The champions have won six of the last 11 encounters involving the two sides while City Stars has managed just two wins in the process with two matches ending in draws.
A negative stat for the side from Kawangware is that they have never beaten Gor Mahia while playing as the home team and will need a first if they are to actualize their survival dreams. They will be curtailed by the fact that two of their key strikers are ruled out of the game – George Abege (hamstring) and Ray Omondi (ankle).
On the other hand, Gor Mahia have a fully fit squad going into the game after Collins Okoth returned to feature full time against Bandari the last time out.
A win for Gor Mahia will see them hit the 51 – point mark, in the process opening a five – point gap ahead of Sofapaka while a win for City Stars by a three – goal margin, coupled with KCB losing to Western Stima on the day, will see them move out of the drop zone.
Nairobi City Stars: 1. Majani Fredrick. 3 Lawrence Kasadha. 13. Mark Ongwae, 4. John Amboko. 5. David Otieno. 6. Nelson Marasowe 7. Okoth Dennis. 8. Oscar Kamau 9. Ismael Kabugu, Kevin Oliech 11. Joseph Kayira.
Subs: 1Kevin Omondi, 2. Masawa Calvin, 14. Kevin Ochieng 15 Collins-Otieno 16. Levi Muaka, 21. Victor Ashinga, 18. Musa Saad
Gor Mahia: 1. Jerim Onyango. 5. Musa Mohammed. 18. Harun Shakava. 15. David Owino. 4. Kevin Oluoch. 2. Godfrey Walusimbi. 3. Geoffrey Kizito. 17. Eric Ochieng. 6. Collins Okoth. 25. George Odhiambo. 8. Dan Sserunkuma.
Subs: 16. David Juma. 27. Simone Pierre. 21. Bruno Charles. 10. Daniel Onyango. 9. Timothy Otieno. 30. Patrick Onyango. 7. Simon Mburu